United States Department of the Interior


National Capital Region
1100 Ohio Drive, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20242
November 9, 2000

Temporary Closures Regarding Lafayette Park
And the White House Sidewalk

The southern portion of Lafayette Park, marked on the map on the back of this notice, will be closed to the public from November 13, 2000 to March 3, 2001. This initial closure is necessary to allow construction activities to commence for the reviewing stands and other components for the 2001 Presidential Inauguration. As construction activities progress to other portions of Lafayette Park, as well as to the White House Sidewalk, these park areas will also be closed to the public. The additional portions to be closed will occur just before construction activities commence and will be identified by fencing and signage.

Because the activities associated with these closures do not reasonably permit multiple occupancy, pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 7.96(g)(4)(iii)(A)(D), neither the public nor demonstrators are permitted in the closed fenced sections of Lafayette Park and the White House sidewalk. Once an area is fenced and closed, persons demonstrating or otherwise in a closed area should remove themselves and any personal property immediately. During this time period, the National Park Service proposes an alternative site for demonstration activity that may be displaced. Consistent with Park Service regulations, persons wishing to continue demonstration activity may use the remaining open park areas until closed or the northeast portion of Lafayette Park which will continue to remain open throughout the Presidential Inaugural.

The National Park Service appreciates the public's cooperation in this matter.

(signed Stan E. Lock)
Deputy Director